The free agency frenzy that began last Tuesday afternoon had mostly turned into a crawl for the Buccaneers since Friday, but just when you thought Lovie Smith and Jason Licht were catching up on sleep this weekend, it was announced on Sunday that the duo were still in their One Buc laboratory dialing agents and working out deals.
With the addition of Cleveland free agent Oniel Cousins it is clear that Smith and Licht’s priority coming into the offseason was to completely rework the offensive line.
Since last weekend the Buccaneers released offensive line starters Davin Joseph and Donald Penn, signed Anthony Collins, Evan Dietrich-Smith and Cousins, in addition to re-signing their own free agent guard Jamon Meredith.
Cousins was a third-round draft picks by the Baltimore Ravens out of Texas El-Paso in 2008 and spent the last three seasons with the Browns as a part-time starter at guard. Over his six year career, Cousins has appeared in 59 games with none starts, including four last year in Cleveland. New Bucs offensive line coach George Warhop coached in Cleveland last year and obviously was familiar with Cousins.
Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for PewterReport.com since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, surfing and family time at the beach. In addition, Cook can be found in front of a television or in Doak Campbell any time the FSU Seminoles are playing. Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya'll Magazine. Cook can be reached at [email protected]
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